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Education Services Staff

Beverly Pearson, education services manager, began her career in public television in June of 1991 as the coordinator of the instructional television service of Prairie Public and Lakeland Public Television. As education initiatives grew at Prairie Public, she was promoted to education services manager in 2002. A North Dakota product, Bev earned a Bachelor of Science degree in English, speech and drama, and library science education and has done graduate work at the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University. Prior to joining Prairie Public, Bev taught English and communications for several years, was a high school media specialist, and co-owned and managed several small businesses including radio stations in North Dakota and Oregon. She continues her interest in local sports, including her recreational and instructional participation in curling. For more information contact Bev Pearson at bpearson@prairiepublic.org or 701-239-7575
 Shaina Winning brings a background in early childhood education to her new position as Education Services Associate.  In her new role, she will concentrate on Ready to Learn initiatives as well as curriculum connections for Prairie Public’s extensive online resources. Born and raised in Valley City, N.D., Shaina graduated from Valley City State University with a degree in elementary education. Her credentials are in Early Childhood Education, Title I Reading and Title I Math, and she is working toward being credentialed in ELL (English Language Learners). She taught elementary school for seven years – the last five of those in the Bismarck (N.D.) Public School District. Prior to joining the Prairie Public team, she was a Title I Reading and Curriculum Specialist at Dorothy Moses Elementary School in Bismarck. She is currently attending North Dakota State University’s master’s degree program for School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Lynette Burgan joined the Prairie Public education team as an education services associate in August of 2013. She holds a Master’s in Theatre from the University of North Dakota and has a background in children’s theatre and web marketing. She is excited to apply her skills in the Education Services department. She is active in theatre around the Fargo community, enjoys singing and writing, and lives in West Fargo with her husband and step-daughter. For more information contact Lynette Burgan at lburgan@prairiepublic.org or 701-239-7551.
Jessica Wayne, education services associate, joined the Prairie Public Education Services team in December of 2013. She is originally from Litchfield, MN and moved to Fargo, ND for college with her husband. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Production from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She always had in interest in children programing and grew up watching PBS. She is excited to be involved in the process of inspiring children through learning. For more information contact Jessica Wayne at jwayne@prairiepublic.org or 701-239-7513.
Tammy Swift is the newest education services associate on the team. She coordinates and promotes preK-12 education events, workshops and conferences – with special emphasis on Ready to Learn initiatives (early childhood education). She is also responsible for departmental newsletters and assists with grant writing, departmental social media and some web content. A native of Glen Ullin, N.D., Tammy graduated from North Dakota State University with a mass communications degree. Her 25-year-career has mostly been spent in newsrooms around the state. She has been a reporter, columnist, features writer and editor at the Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. Tammy also has worked as a writer in University Relations/Publications Services at NDSU and as a social media marketing director at Kilbourne Group in Fargo. Although this is her first job in the education field, Tammy does hail from a family of teachers. Her grandmother was a teacher, her aunt taught fifth grade for many years, and her mother taught in a one-room schoolhouse and later became an art instructor. For more information, contact Tammy at tswift@prairiepublic.org or 701-239-7588.